If your HomePod has had problems playing podcasts recently, it might need the software update Apple released Wednesday. It brings the full-size and pint-size audio devices up to version 15.1.1.
It doesn’t include any new features, though.
Make the move to HomePod Software version 15.1.1
Apple released version 15.1 for its smart speakers in late October, adding lossless audio and Dolby Atmos support. Cupertino follows that up Wednesday with a “bug fix” update.
According to the official release notes, “Software version 15.1.1 fixes an issue where Podcasts could fail to play.”
How to install HomePod Software Version 15.1.1
Apple’s smart speakers will automatically update themselves. But users can do it manually if they prefer.
To perform a manual HomePod software update, open the Home app then tap on the Home icon in the upper-left corner of the screen. Choose Home Settings from the resulting pop-up window. Then choose Software Update. Apple’s support website has more details.
HomePod Software Version 15.1 is available for the full-size version of this device and the newer HomePod mini.